Blatter under fire over bribery case

Apr 24, 2012, 09:41 IST | PA Sport

FIFA president Sepp Blatter's handling of the ISL bribery case has been severely criticised by a Council of Europe (COE) report.

The COE yesterday published testimony given by Swiss prosecuting magistrate Thomas Hildbrand to the council about the ISL court case, and says backhanders worth at least 12.7m Swiss francs (£8.5m) were paid to one South American FIFA member, and 1.5m Swiss francs (£1.1m) to another senior FIFA official.

Sepp Blatter

Payments were made by the now-defunct ISL marketing company which sold FIFA’s World Cup TV rights. The COE report is damning of Blatter’s role — even given that the FIFA president was not directly involved.

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